Dingo beach road to be fully sealed
WHITSUNDAY Regional Council has started preliminary works on Dingo Beach Road in the lead up to major works due to start early next month.
Mayor Mike Brunker said that the new Whitsunday Regional Council was now finally set to do a road reconstruction on the unsealed section.
“The construction of this section of road will include the construction of two causeways and the removal of stock grids,” Cr Brunker said.
“It will be fantastic for the residents of Dingo Beach, Nelly Bay and Hydeaway Bay to have a completely sealed road after all these years, its been a long time coming” he said.
“Council last year spent $400,000 upgrading culverts and drains in preparation for the impending road works project that is set to come in under the $2 million budget.”
Up to 1987, the Dingo Beach Road consisted of 26 kilometres of unsealed gravelled road. With the creation of the township of Hydeaway Bay at this time, Council conditioned the developer to contribute funds to allow for the initial sealing of this road. This contribution allowed for the construction of a sealed roadway for the first 6.9 kilometres.
With the increased popularity of this area, traffic increased and Council was faced with the ever increasing annual maintenance of unsealed roadway which was nearly 19 kilometres in length. Council approached the State Government for assistance in finding ways to seal this road so as to reduce the cost of annual maintenance to Council and to raise the level of service for the communities of Nelly Bay, Dingo Beach and Hydeaway Bay.
Consequently the Queensland Department of Main Roads prepared geological and engineering reports which indicated that Council could adopt a second level of construction using a local source of granite to provide a sealed carriageway.
From 1999 to 2006, numerous programs completed the sealing of the road other than the section from 7.7 kilometres up to 10.8 kilometres which has since been unsealed.